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Kosmopolis Institute Research The Pluralism Knowledge Program in phase 2 (2011-2013)

The Pluralism Knowledge Program in phase 2 (2011-2013)

Content focus in phase 2


Main content focus 1: Consolidation and deepening of key content areas around 'pluralism and identity' in research and activities.


Main content focus 2: Furthering our understanding of methodologies of Knowledge and Change, linked to 'Pluralizing the concept of developments'.


Additional content focus: A pilot initiative that links the value of cultural diversity (with a particular focus on indigenous knowledges) to sustainable development concerns and its potential to overcome local religious – and ethnic group based conflicts.


Building on the knowledge that has been generated in the first phase of the PKP, the Kosmopolis Institute's content focus in phase 2 will be primarily directed towards (1) the consolidation and deepening of the key content areas around 'pluralism and identity' in research and activities; and (2) furthering our understanding of methodologies of Knowledge and Change, linked to 'Pluralizing the concept of Development'. In addition, and in cooperation with the PKP lead partner in one of the participating countries and a local civil society partner, the Kosmopolis Institute will start a pilot initiative which links cultural diversity to sustainable deveelopment and explores its potential in a reconfiguration of conceptual debates and strategic civil society initiatives on cross-cultural and cross-religious collaboration in situations where pluralism in under threat.


Strategic focus in phase 2


Within the ongoing development of an international network around pluralism and academic-practitioner collaborations, the primary responsibility of Kosmopolis will be to initiate and facilitate international dialogue on conceptual/theoretical issues. While in many of the regional programs, there will be more focus on CSO strategies and practices of pluralism, Kosmopolis believes that it is also crucial to continue conceptual developments within the Knowledge Program, while building on knowledge which was generated in the first phase, to continue generating new knowledge on pluralism and systematically reflect on methodological questions that emerge in academic-practitioner collaborations. Kosmopolis will create opportunities to enhance the knowledge potential that stems from international comparative perspectives across the program. In addition, and together with Hivos, Kosmopolis will also pay attention to pluralism matters in the Netherlands, and draw from knowledge as developed in the Knowledge Program, which may shed new light on pluralism concerns in the Netherlands and within the shifting context of international development cooperation.


Main strategic objectives of Kosmopolis in phase 2


  1. Consolidate and further disseminate knowledge that was generated in the first phase of the PKP (2008-2010) in cooperation with international PKP partners.

  2. Building on knowledge of phase 1: generate new knowledge on pluralism and development in cooperations with PKP partners by cooperating with regional programs and by enhancing knowledge creation through international comparative perspectives.

  3. Create possibilities for multilateral knowledge sharing within the PKP network, with other Hivos Knowledge Programs and with partners in the broader Hivos Alliance.

  4. Improve the academic visibility of the program, e.g. by involving renowned academics and academic institutions, both internationally and in the Netherlands.

  5. Strengthen civil sociaty through efforts to encourage academic-practitioner collaboration, e.g. by (1) creating an internet based international Summer School alumni network for direct exchanges of ideas and experiences on pluralism and CSO strategies and (2) an interactive program with CSOs on the basis of the Pluralism Tool Kit, which includes assesment of the user-friendliness and relevance of Tool Kit for rethinking CSO strategies.

  6. Daily management of the overall PKP together with Hivos and in cooperation with the international PKP steering committee.

Sherria Ayuandini


I gained a lot from the discussions and intellectual exchange during our formal hours. But I learned the most about pluralism during the day to day interactions. The strength of the summer school is through bringing these diverse people together and experience what it means to be plural in your life.